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Correlational findings

Study Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974

Public:
15+ aged, general public, 55 nations, 1974-1976
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 8433
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Conducted by Gallup bureaus in different countries.

Correlate

Authors's Label
Degree of 'interest democracy'
Our Classification
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Degree to which the political system leaves room for non-parliamentary articulation of interest; rated on the basis of the following indicators:
1. influence of 'organized' interest
   groups;
2. limitedness of the role of
   'institutional interest groups';
3. limitedness of the role of
   'ascriptive interest groups';
4. limitedness of the role of
   'irregular interest groups'.
Data drawn from Bertrand (1981:162).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-m-11-a r = +.90 p < .01                Mt happiness   Rate of interest
                                 democracy
Australia             7.0             12
North America         6.7             10
Western Europe        6.3              9
Latin America         6.0              5
Africa (South
of the Sahara)        4.6              2
Asia (exc. Japan)     3.8              3
Japan                 5.8              6